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Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal credited with transforming West Ham by Czech legend Antonin Panenka who says more stars could follow in Premier League


Antonin Panenka believes West Ham stars Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal have helped elevate the status of Czech football and could open the door for other stars to follow in the Premier League.

The pair were part of a Hammers team that finished sixth last season and largely occupied the top four spots.

Soucek was a huge hit with West Ham fans
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Soucek joined Slavia Prague on loan in January 2020 and that deal was made permanent last summer.

The £ 19million fee looked like an absolute bargain as he played every Premier League game and scored 10 goals.

Coufal also joined Slavia Prague last summer for £ 5.4million and looked comfortable in English football.

The pair are stars of the Czech Republic national team who will face England in their final Euro 2020 group match on Tuesday, live on talkSPORT.

Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal credited with transforming West Ham by Czech legend Antonin Panenka who says more stars could follow in Premier League
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Coufal was a steal for the Hammers at £ 5.4million[/caption]

Czech legend Panenka, whose name is synonymous with the penalty kick he scored in the Euro 76 final, told talkSPORT: “I think they could obviously get a very good name for Czech football in England. They have adapted very well in the Premier League.

“I think they may have also contributed to the change of style of play at West Ham United. Tomas Soucek has even scored ten goals, he is good not only as a defensive midfielder but also as a striker. .

“They just opened the door for other Czech players who will go to the Premier League in the future.”

David Moyes is reportedly targeting another Czech player this summer, Spartak Moscow midfielder Alex Kral.

Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal credited with transforming West Ham by Czech legend Antonin Panenka who says more stars could follow in Premier League
Antonin Panenka spoke to talkSPORT about Czech stars

Asked about other players who could be the next Premier League stars, Panenka added: “Unfortunately, I am not a manager or player agent, so I cannot come up with any names at the moment, but I think us Talent.

“Maybe when some of them adapt their game for the British game, because the Czech game is softer football.

“It will be up to them to work hard and change their style of play. Maybe in the near future we will see more Czech players arriving at Premier League clubs. “

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